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Fan-Based Distant Worlds

Discussion in 'Orthodox Fan-Based Role-Play' started by Golden Sun, Jan 11, 2017.

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  1. Golden Sun

    Golden Sun Well-Known Member Member

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    A shining bright day had dawned over the chocobo farm. A surprising calm reigned. Things were going well – for the time being, at any rate. There was no telling how long that’d last for a multitude of reasons not the least of which was the nature of the owner of that very farm. Lotin the blue mage had a knack for getting carried away or otherwise stepping right into a maelstrom of accidents, mistakes, questionably safe experiments and the like. Still the farm stood relatively safe and sound all this while and there’d been no major incidents of late. In a way it was calm and peaceful, in another it was boring and drab. But beneath the bright blue sky, in the wide, rolling green fields that stretched out in every direction anything and everything seemed possible at times. Sometimes, too, there was good reason for it. Occasionally some calamity or another befell the people of the farm, if only of a less serious nature most of the time, or other troubles perhaps of a more serious tone swept over the land around them. It’d been a long time since too much had gone on, though that was soon to be remedied. Lotin was the owner of the small but successful farm, the cause of most of its ups and downs, and was always prone to a roving foot. Even then he was making ready to be on his way on another adventure. Some time ago, too long for his impatient taste, he’d taken a trip to the Great Salt Lake and whilst studying the ancient, dried out lake he’d been forced to flee or fall to the overwhelming number of hostile creatures lurking about. It’d been these he’d gone out to study but they’d proven a bit too much. Now, though, he was better prepared.

    With rolling green stretching out in every direction all around and bright blue shining overhead Lotin felt some unshakeable sense of rightness in his departure. All was well at the farm and that was well and good but it also meant he was no longer needed. His presence no longer required then he gave into the constant sense of longing for adventure, discovery and to delve into some new research project or another. Soon he’d be flinging himself into Esthar’s wild lands and braving the bony, dried out expanse of the Great Salt Lake once more. Soon he’d trade in the bright blue and verdant fields for the dried out, whitened, fossil laden and dangerous expanse of the dried out lake. It’s memory was a great motivator. Once already Lotin had set out on this journey and once he’d been repulsed. A second time he was determined would be more successful. This time he would stick through it all no matter what was thrown his way.

    With that determination Lotin felt fairly confident as he’d gathered his things and after what felt an eternity to his energetic soul finally set out once more on his adventure. He anticipated a good length trip if all went well but assured his subordinates that he wouldn’t be gone long enough for the place to fall apart, at least not any more than it sometimes did under his watchful eye. But all the while he traveled, crossing over land and sea and drawing with every moment nearer to his bleak destination Lotin found his mind shifting over to if not equally bleak thoughts than ones more so than before. He attributed this simply to remember what’d come of his last outing and reassured himself that such wouldn’t be the case the second time around. Still the feeling not only persisted as Lotin found himself entering the last leg of his journey to the sight of his research but growing as the place came into view. Again he assured himself this was only the recollection of his last less than pleasant departure from those parts and nothing more; still that feeling of uneasiness and a sense of dreadful events soon to come lingered and shadowed his every step as he strode as confidently as possible into the Great Salt Lake. Even as Lotin went about setting up his camp and preparing for his extended stay he continued to feel the growth of the strange sensation, the feeling of doom approaching, slowly, as if across vast gulfs of time and space but inexorably not unlike the undead creatures which lurked there in his midst. It continued to be a distraction even as Lotin set about his work and harried him long into the night as he lay down to rest.
     
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  2. Queen of Hell

    Queen of Hell GP's Vampire Queen Member

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    Balfonheim port - home of pirates and sky pirates, where the trades are constant, sailors running through the streets of the city, carrying supplies and pushing people away without apologizing, as the ships have gotten all kinds of things for Cornelia, some would call her the man of the house, but in reality it's a petite girl with a very short temper who has taken Reddas' place after he died to protect princess Ashelia and her party. The tragedy was undeniably felt in the little trading city, but Cornelia gave her all to make it busy and crowded once again, bringing all the trades back on it's feet. As she got the news that the ships have docked, Cornelia exited the bar Whitecap and headed to the port Villa. The sound of friendly banter could be heard along with the waves crashing against the ships and the seagulls flying up and about, while the captain yelled orders. Once she boarded the ship, she was satisfied the fact that it didn't smell like fish, as it usually does, which means that this was no ordinary catch. "A'ight Davenport, what d'ya got?" She grinned as she approached the captain that handed her the paper. "Magicite, check; nethicite, check; oooh, you visited Archades, I see..." The ginger girl said with a chuckle as she saw all the worthy supplies they got from the city of Archades, knowing that the Imperials might be at their tail. She ordered few of her men to bring the supplies off the ship, so she can set the prices up.

    She sighed once she set up everything in her warehouse, taking her clipboard, everything that they've got with them was written on the paper, as usual she would check the things, set the prices, prepare both ships and airships and begin the promised trades of the stolen goods. She looked at a very interesting stone artifact with a strange monstrous features with red eyes and she looked at the paper. "Raithwall? What idiot went there?" She spoke to herself, but shrugged it off, setting some high prices. Ancient vases, totems of Jahara, endless amounts of gold and diamonds, it was a very good catch, it's been months since they had it this good. Once she was done, lazily heading out of the warehouse, seeing how dark it has gotten. It was dark enough for the storm to hit.

    "Freckles, come see this!" Davenport called out to her, as she ran over to the port Villa, only to see the sea raging. "Looks like the storm is hitting real fast." He said as Cornelia frowned. "What storm!? It was a sailing weather! This isn't good..." She said as she observed the waves getting bigger and stronger, it raged. But suddenly, the waves didn't hit the port, but started pulling away. Both Davenport and Cornelia frowned in confusion seeing the waves going absolutely still and there was nothing but silence. People that didn't leave for their homes noticed the silence and were utterly disturbed. There was no wind or sea breeze, the water was terrifyingly and unnaturally still... Just like the calm before the storm.
     
  3. Golden Sun

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    Things had been going swimmingly since Lotin’s arrival at the Great Salt Lake. For all the worries he’d had and the feeling at the back of his mind that something would go amiss nothing had. His entire first day spent there and the ensuing night had passed without incident. He’d risen early the next day so as to give him as much time as possible to study his environment and, more importantly, the creatures that inhabited it. Previously they’d overwhelmed him and run him off but now Lotin had better prepared himself. Now he knew what to anticipate and that would go a long way toward heading off any future disasters. This time Lotin might actually manage to gain some useful information during the period of his visit, something other than just how fast one has to move in order to out run the gruesome, hostile things had abounded in that most dreary of places.

    All the same he’d risen in good spirits and gone about his morning in a similar state but that didn’t last long. He wasn’t there to enjoy himself and as light hearted as he could usually be Lotin took his studies at least somewhat seriously, more over as happily as he’d risen that day as it dragged on he started to once more have a very strange, inexplicable but very real if intangible feeling of doom creep over him. It was not an instantaneous and overwhelming sense of immediate corporeal harm coming to him, in fact he hardly felt any temporal threat to himself specifically beyond what he already knew to be lurking in the Great Salt Lake. But still as he began wandering and making notes, taking pictures and mapping the lay of the land and scribbling notes in regards to how this might affect the nature and behavior and abilities of the beasts to be found there it lingered and grew just as if it’d never gone away the other day. Just the same as it’d never left it’d come creeping up on him with all the strength it’d had before and settled in and all day Lotin couldn’t shake the feeling. Nothing untoward happened for the entirety of the day at least not in a direct sense but the skies did begin to blacken eventually and a tension ran through the air that was easy to sense. Lotin wrote his uneasiness off now as nothing more than the approach of bad weather combined with his worries for a repeat of what’d happened during his last trip. Again he assured himself nothing was amiss and returned to his work.

    Then a suddenly realization struck Lotin as he was walking along and he halted mid-step, notes in hand and raised his eyes to look at everything around himself. This place had once long, long ago been quite full of life. That’d been beyond any recent memory. For all anyone knew of the place it’d always been a house of the dead or otherwise ominous and quiet but there was something now in the air, a sense of dread quietude, stillness and emptiness in a worldly sense; paradoxically Lotin felt there might be something more to it, something less worldly and easily explained. And then the first of the mighty spikes of lightning flashed blindingly and split the darkened environment for a moment and then a peal of thunder which shook the earth beneath Lotin’s feet. Something was very, very wrong after all and it was only just beginning.
     
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  4. Queen of Hell

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    Cornelia and Davenport started shooing everyone off the port, no one even reconsidered about staying to see what's going to happen, thinking it will end pretty soon. As Cornelia looked towards the endless seas, right in the center, the blinding flash of thunder disturbed the waves and the ground shook, as the exploding sound of echoed in the skies. All that silence now has disappeared, as the waves hit harder and something like lightning shapes all around the place have been creating strange images. The horizon was not to be seen, as a strange island appeared out of nowhere, causing the ship rock hard and destroy the port. Cornelia looked at the skies, seeing airships appearing from out of nowhere and flying around in insane speed. Davenport pointed towards the north in the sky, only to see some sort of an planet, almost like a moon with strange extensions from it.

    People were screaming and running for their lives as creatures absolutely unknown to them started appearing. One eyed round monster, with big bat wings was shooting at everyone with it's gaze, while there was another monster, almost big as their houses, created out of unnatural materials and smaller, red panther like creatures followed, hunting everyone down. Davenport ran over to help one man that was being dragged off, as Cornelia screamed. "What are you doing?!" She ran after him, only for Davenport to be dragged off as well by the three, robotic creatures. He was screaming as he disappeared in the crowd and Cornelia shook her head in disbelief, seeing that this is hopeless. Some tried to fight the monsters off, while the majority luckily ran off. Cornelia didn't waste any time as she ran to the aerodrome to the east, while most of the people did the same. She pushed through the crowd and found her way to her precious airship DeVile, running inside and closing the door.

    Cornelia buckled up as she pressed a few buttons and pulled a lever, as the gates have opened for her and not saving on gas, she sped into the distance, turning on the radio. Most of the stations didn't work, but the ones that did, announced the disaster all around Ivalice. Some wanted to blame the mist, which was recently found out that it came from a place that's made out of nethicite called Giruvegan, for which was believed that it's celestial. But Cornelia knew this wasn't mist, it was something else. Her jaw dropped as she saw the entire landscape has changed. There are cities, mountains, lakes and forests in places where they shouldn't be. It was like it's an entirely different world.
     
  5. Golden Sun

    Golden Sun Well-Known Member Member

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    Everything had shifted too quickly for Lotin to fully perceive it. The fact that he’d been half distracted by his notations and thoughts just as the change occurred hadn’t helped anything either. There was no ignoring it forever though and as the ground shook beneath him so violently Lotin wondered if he wasn’t within the upset belly of some great beast he knew something was terribly wrong. The sky remained pitch black, lightened only by the occasional unnaturally bright spark of lightning followed by long, ominous rolling sounds of thunder that almost seemed to be the source of the quaking world. Even when they stopped however the ground beneath continued to shake as if touched by the hand of an angry god come to have its vengeance on the puny world of mortals. This all lasted several minutes but eventually ended near as suddenly as it’d started. Replacing it though came many and greater things, a sudden eruption of monsters being the first and foremost which Lotin took notice of.

    They all seemed to come pouring forth in some great wave as if driven on before something else, something that’d caused the disturbance, droves of them went racing and raging by. For all Lotin could tell as he dodged, ducked and ran for cover something had stirred up the denizens of the Great Salt Lake and if they hardly took notice of him Lotin was all the more worried as they nearly crushed him in a wild stampede. It’d only been with some great effort that he’d managed to extract himself from the greater portion of them and climb up to a higher place that he’d started to see what was going on. Not all the creatures had taken to running and fleeing. Others had turned at bay and were fighting – with things Lotin had never before seen. Never before imagined. Things that were at once strangely intriguing and strangely terrifying, unknown but dangerous and terrible looking.

    At once Lotin felt a sense of adventurous curiousness rising up within him irresistibly and vying with fear and apprehension for control. For a moment he stood up there looking dumbly on at the horrible scene of carnage playing out before him before realizing he’d better get moving. Somehow Lotin managed to rein in his need to move closer and see just what was going on and get a better look at these new and interesting if horrible creatures in action and instead turned and began making his way out of the area. He had no clue what was going on but it was worse than just a few new beastly faces driving others out of their homes and something told Lotin it’d be better if he wasn’t around for it to get worse. For all he knew it was only happening where he was but as he began to make his way out of the Great Salt Lake he quickly began to realize such was not the case. Not at all. Stretching out around him in every direction as he stood stupefied was complete and utter chaos and not only for the new beasts but also for a whole host of new things; mountains where there’d been only open flat land, lakes and inland seas where once proud sprawling forests had stood. Everything was strange and wrong but in a way that didn’t present any possibility for doubt. Lotin saw it all as clearly as anything he’d ever seen and it all seemed real. No sense of distortion or falseness could be detected. Blinking for a second before starting to shuffle forward on his way, unsure of where he was headed Lotin only hurried his pace when he remembered the things behind him. For now they scared him more than the things that might lay ahead.
     
  6. Queen of Hell

    Queen of Hell GP's Vampire Queen Member

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    Cornelia rubbed her eyes as she saw the scene before her. She even took the map of Ivalice to take a closer look but she shook her head. "Well.... I guess I won't be needing this anymore..." She said as she tossed back the map and started flyingaround slowly and carefully. She was utterly confused and unsure of what to do or where to go, because it all seemed so alien. She then saw a few ship to her right flying closely. As they got closer, she could read the bold and capitalized letters on the ship saying PSICOM. She frowned and shook her head, never hearing of that and she should know, since she's the one working the deals with the companies around Ivalice, but nothing can surprise her after this. Once she saw that they're preparing their weapons and turning her way, Cornelia panicked and hit the gas and her airship flew away in the blink of an eye.

    She was speeding through, only to see that she's being followed by the same ships that were shooting her way. Cornelia moved her ship around crazily to avoid them, but no matter what she does, they're at her tail. They were so much more improved and precise, that Cornelia started losing all hope that she'll get out of this alive. Once her ship got shot and red light started alarming her of the damage, she cursed. To her unfortunate luck, her ship started losing control and started slowly falling down. Cornelia screamed as she crashed into a large, snowy mountain, unknown to her. After that, everything went black.

    She woke up after some time, leaning head first into her steering wheel. The headache was strong and she felt extremely dizzy, her vision blurry and just saw the smoke coming out of the engine. "Oh crap...." She wailed as she got up and slowly walked out into the freezing area. She took her long black scarf and wrapped it around her head and neck as she rubbed her arms. She didn't want to be here for too long, she looks suspicious enough in her loose and light black clothing, she'd be taken as an impostor. She looked up, seeing some pillars as they welcomed all visitors to a certain place, while there were two of the very tall people that were blue and looked like lions with spears in their hands standing and looking at her direction, then she looked down, seeing that it is a cave that leads down to the green fields. Cornelia sighed, thinking that she'd rather be away from the cold and very weird looking lion people and find a place she can shelter herself, if it's anywhere safe.
     
  7. Golden Sun

    Golden Sun Well-Known Member Member

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    Everything had happened so quickly Lotin had hardly realized everything that’d changed or noticed everything that’d stayed the same. He’d eventually sped up his pace and decided to leave the area. It seemed the best choice given his options of staying and likely being drawn into the whirling, swirling vortex of violence that was engulfing all the Great Salt Lake and heading out into a new and strange world he didn’t quite comprehend just yet. Beneath that layer of dominating fear and worry however was a guiding sense of confidence. He’d been through harrowing situations before. He’d once been attending one of the Gardens in order to become a SeeD after all. He wasn’t entirely unaccustomed to such strange occurrences. Still none of them quite managed to reach the magnitude of what Lotin now saw happening. Still, this balancing feeling as well as his overwhelming natural curiosity carried him forward. Where to he already knew. First he had to get back to his farm. It wasn’t very far off. He’d established it toward the east, just south of the city of Esthar. He had to get back and check on his business, his friends and employees and then he could worry about other things. Curious and adventurous he was but even this clearly was beyond his ability to deal with instantaneously and without support.

    So deciding Lotin began trudging his way back home. Along the way he noted things were otherwise surprisingly calm for the most part. Occasionally along the way Lotin had been forced to pause and regain his sense of direction. Everything had been shifted around and more than once he was startled to discover the seemingly entire lack of certain landmarks and waypoints he’d have otherwise used to navigate. His way back was fraught with nervous curiosity and his pace sped up. For all his doubts and fears he couldn’t wait to begin figuring out what’d just happened. And then another interruption came.

    Afar off he suddenly heard some great disastrous sound and again the ground shook mightily. A considerably sized plume of smoke rose rapidly into the air and spread out as it began losing shape and focus and began to plot out a bit of the sky above it. Lotin cursed whatever it was causing all this to happen and turned back toward his farm. He’d lost track of the chocobo he’d arrived on and it’d be a miserably slow walk back without it. He cursed that too but kept an eye out all the while as he headed back home.
     
  8. Queen of Hell

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    Cornelia found herself wandering through the cave where she could hear the howling of the cold wind which was going through the cold walls of the cave. She was strolling slowly, tripping over the rocks in the darkness and processing in her mind what happened. She started tearing up and sniffing remembering the chaos back home, remembering Davenport being dragged off. Cornelia wondered if her home will be the same after such disaster. At the realization, soft sobs escaped her lips, but she still made herself to keep calm and kept treading forward, towards the lighter side of the cave. She heard some voices echoing and blinded by hopelessness, she went there quickly.

    A man in the long black coat and bright red hair that was neatly combed back was looking at nethicites and making a group of Bangaas to mine them out. One of the, seemed like group of soldiers, nudged the red haired man and he turned to look at Cornelia that just arrived to this side of the cave. Man's silver eyes flashed from the dark, making Cornelia uncomfortable as he pointed to her. "She'll do good, get her." She winced seeing few of the soldiers running her way. Cornelia didn't think twice as she picked up her speed, luckily for her petite body, she was out of that part of the cave in a flash. She was still tripping as she ran, hitting her foot repeatedly, but she would only stumble, not daring to look back, but hearing them running after her. At the end of the tunnel she saw bright light, knowing that she's out of the cave.

    As soon as she went through that opening, she felt the softness of the earth beneath her feet and the green land was spreading wherever she could see. It was an unknown place for her, but she smiled as she was running, seeing something that seemed like a farm away in the distance. Restlessly she ran towards the farm, picking up as much of speed as she can, hearing the soldiers behind her running still. Cornelia ran inside the farm seeing a man inside that is tending chocobos. She moved the black scarf that covered half of her face and panting, approached him. "Please... I need one chocobo, I think you should get out of here too, there are some soldiers, they chased me for no reason!" She said in obvious panic and pointed towards the entrance she went inside through.
     
  9. Golden Sun

    Golden Sun Well-Known Member Member

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    Lotin had only barely found the chocobo he’d rode out on when wandering through the wilderness. It’d been a lucky thing. He’d have had a long, painful walk ahead of him if he’d had to return to the farm with no better way to travel than by foot. Hurrying to mount it once more he turned back toward the farm – where he thought it might be – and started off. It was already difficult navigating and he could hardly tell what was going on but thus far he hadn’t run into anyone else at all, let alone anyone who might have a clue as to what was going on. Still left without a clue as to precisely what was going on, beyond some sense of a vast, cataclysmic event occurring Lotin rode as fast as he could hoping to find at least his home still where it’d been.

    That he knew was hoping for a lot. If the farm still existed at all it might not be where it once had stood and under entirely different circumstances. It could’ve easily been overrun by some of the beasts that had started to pour forth seemingly from the ether, coming from nowhere but soon spreading as far as the eye could see in the vast open plains. If nothing else at least that very same environment that leant itself so well to their spread also allowed Lotin to travel quite quickly. Thundering across the open terrain his chocobo carried him swiftly and was quite capable of dodging anything that looked vaguely threatening.

    After some time Lotin finally spotted his farm in the distance and much to his surprise someone on foot arriving just ahead of him. Curious as much as he was worried, heart still racing from his earlier experiences he urged his mount forward hoping to reach the farm before anything untoward occurred. At the very least if his own home was the next place to have some severe misfortune befall it, it’d only be fitting to be there to try and resist. He couldn’t turn and let it happen without putting up a fight. Whatever worries he had about this new comer bringing trouble were proven both misplaced and perfectly spot on; as she came to a halt and began speaking to one of the employees asking for a chocobo. That was peaceful and normal enough. Then she spoke of soldiers who were harrying her with no seeming reason and she’d brought them straight to the farm as well.

    “What?” Lotin blinked, sitting on his chocobo just behind Cornelia, “What soldiers? And why? What’s going on?”

    The string of questions finished he felt even more confused than he had this entire time. Somehow things had found a way to become even more complicated than they already were. They looked ready to become even more so as Lotin didn’t wait for an answer and began looking around, spotting advancing soldiers in the distance, but none he recognized.
     
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  10. Queen of Hell

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    Cornelia sighed as she wanted to explain again as quickly as possible, but she was irritated that she has to explain the same thing a hundred times. "How many times do I need to repeat this?! You should get out of here, everything is crumbling down!" She said as the soldiers stormed inside the farm and startled a few chocobos. Just as they startled the yellow birds, so the soldiers were startled by them as well and started shooting everywhere. "Oh, screw this!" Cornelia exclaimed as she climbed up the chocobo.

    The soldiers were of course unlike she has ever seen, their clothes looked like they came from another and much later lifetime, even more improved looking than the airship she encountered that shot her down. She knew that she cannot leave her DeVile ship there in the mountains and she only hoped that there was nothing inside, since those blue lion-like creatures were not so far off.

    She rode the chocobo as quickly as possible from the farm and ran away as far as possible. She noticed that she's being followed by someone else on the chocobo. It was Lotin, he was getting away from this mess as well, she was feeling slightly bad because of this, she dragged this guy into so much trouble and brought some chocobos into harm, but if she didn't she'd be more than likely dead or tortured, because that red haired guy didn't look like he had good intentions.
     
  11. Golden Sun

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    Confusion at the situation hadn’t stopped an instinctive reaction. As soon as the soldiers had come charging into the farm and attacked it Lotin had reacted. Of course his reaction might have been far more effective if he’d known what to expect and how to deal with it. Instead caught off guard he barely managed to floor the couple of soldiers standing in his way with a hurried spell and break away, the others doing so as well and dispersing as they did so. With a look back over his shoulder Lotin could see them making a break for it – and the soldiers attempting to regroup and chase them all down but there were too many of them. They’d have to pick their targets and move in groups, otherwise they’d lose the advantage of superior numbers, meaning some would surely get away while others might not.

    Lotin was one of the latter. He drove his chocobo harder and faster, urging it to a quicker pace as he realized some of the soldiers had started off after them, his farm wrecked and partly in flames behind them. Looking up ahead again he spotted the strange woman who’d been shouting. She’d said something about being chased. Realizing they were now in the same boat Lotin sighed and attempted to catch up with her. It seemed like the best bet now. He wouldn’t be able to regroup with any of his employees, his farm was in shambles, and whoever these men were they weren’t about to let him go quite so easily. They’d made that abundantly clear already.

    “Hey! Hey! Wait up!” He called out as his chocobo drew slightly closer to the woman, though she hardly seemed to notice at the moment, or was simply ignoring him, and given the circumstances Lotin couldn’t entirely blame her.
     
  12. Queen of Hell

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    Cornelia was making chocobo run faster towards the direction where one of the villages was barely visible, but she was certain that those soldiers won't be able to chase them that long on foot. As they were shooting their way, the bird would feel the danger and would make it run faster for it's own life, while Cornelia would yelp in surprise, bouncing off on the back of the chocobo, holding on the best she could. She heard the guy calling for her and she turned to him, yelling back. "Less talking, more running!" She said, pointing out to the village that was becoming closer in the green horizon.

    It wasn't long until the soldiers started to give up as expected, so the chocobos could slow down a bit, taking a breather. Before they entered the village, Cornelia got off the chocobo, falling to the ground, starting up in the sky, chest heaving from panic that she didn't experience in a very long time. She sat up, looking at the chocobo lying down, obviously fatigued, taking her own bottle from the back, filled with water, adjusting it's beak so she can give it some water. "I'm so, so sorry about this damn thing." She started, looking at the innocent person that she just dragged them off into trouble. "It really wasn't my intention, they chased me for no reason! I don't want to pay the price for the checks that ain't mine!"
     
  13. Golden Sun

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    Lotin took the woman’s advice and stopped talking. She was right. He had more immediate concerns. Namely the soldiers who were still pursuing them too closely for comfort though after a while they began to tire, give up and drift off into the distance and begin to disappear on the horizon after a while. All the while the two of them had slackened their pace slowly so as to give their chocobos a chance to rest but they never halted. Not once did they dare do so. Lotin wasn’t entirely enthusiastic about it given what’d just happened but as they finally lost all momentum he looked back behind them and found no one left pursuing them nor any strange and outlandish beasts or other fiends. He was surprised but that was quickly replaced by sadness and anger that welled up quickly at the sight of thick black blooms of smoke bursting up into the air and spreading out. His farm had been ruined and if not it’d surely suffered heavily. He didn’t even have a logical explanation for what’d just occurred. He only knew it had. Lotin gripped the reins of his chocobo tightly as he looked to the woman he’d been riding with.

    “They were chasing you for no reason?” Lotin asked rather confused, furrowing his brow, “That’s…. strange. To say the least.”

    He considered the possibility of this woman having committed some heinous crime for a moment, then realized the soldiers had attacked him as well. That he could hardly excuse or come up with a valid reason for and again anger rose up in him. They’d ruined his farm, his life’s work, his livelihood. All for nothing so far as he seemed to be able to gather. Even the woman they’d pursued to his doorstep claimed to not have any idea of what they’d sought.

    “Well, where’d they come from?” He looked around still sitting atop his chocobo but slowly dismounting after a moment, “And where’d they go back to? I suppose it’d be good to know how to avoid running into them again.”
     
  14. Queen of Hell

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    While Cornelia was running her fingers through the feathers of the exhausted chocobo, she looked at Lotin when he asked her where did they come from. He almost seemed suspicious. "Well, I was flying with my airship, running from Balfonheim when all the madness happened, some strange beasts I have never seen ran into the place, I watched my friend being dragged off by the fiends. Then I was attacked by some strange airship, I have never seen a model like that and I've been working on trades with all kinds of ships and airships, this one looked completely different, while I was trying to get away they shot my engines and I crashed into that mountain." She said pointing out at the tall and snowy mountain.

    "I have no idea from where the heck that mountain appeared, I've been flying through Ivalice, I know where everything is! The entire damn landscape changed!" She spoke in both frustration and excitement, feeling like she needed to share with someone a story of the eventful day she had.

    "So to get away from there, I had to leave my broken airship and went through some cave nearby. While I was going through it, finally I saw some people and the Bangaa, they were mining something. And there they were, these soldiers standing there, I wanted to ask for help and this guy with red hair pointed at me and said something like 'she'll do good, get her!' and so they chased me tirelessly. I have never ran faster in my entire life!"

    That man in the cave almost seemed way too positive about everything, like he couldn't wait to get some otherworldly materials. "Now, I don't know why would they be chasing me for so long, maybe I've seen something that I shouldn't, but I don't know. It's crazy!"
     
  15. Golden Sun

    Golden Sun Well-Known Member Member

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    Lotin would’ve nodded as the woman began to speaking but had absolutely no clue what she was talking about half of the time and it’d been obvious from the start. She mentioned places and things that were entirely foreign to him, strange and alien names that were not entirely unpleasant to hear but were surely not of any place he knew of. He strongly considered for more than a second the possibility that she might be insane or traumatized from whatever she’d gone through. At least part of her story made sense if the latter was the case. She’d been chased by those soldiers who’d happily attacked him as well making the likeliness of their righteousness extremely minimal.

    “Well….. I…. I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Lotin admitted finally, “I don’t know half of the places you mentioned or anything.”

    He turned this way and that looking around as he started seeing to the needs of his own tired chocobo and thought of all he’d been told. For a second he questioned his own sanity. Maybe something had happened. Maybe he was dreaming. Everything seemed painfully real however. With a sigh he shook his head.

    “Looks like we’re stuck together whether we like it or not either way.”
     
  16. Queen of Hell

    Queen of Hell GP's Vampire Queen Member

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    Cornelia raised her eyebrow as Lotin admitted that he has no idea of what she's speaking. "Balfonheim? Ivalice? D-don't tell me that you're not from Ivalice? Ivalice is the entire world! Or at least we've been told so, because things now seem to change. I don't know what's going on. But I really didn't do anything! I just needed some help, that is all." She looked around as he said that they're stuck together, even though she wasn't sure if she could trust a stranger out of nowhere, Cornelia still doomed his farm and felt like she could at least owe him some sort of apology. "I'm so sorry about the farm. I didn't know they would just shoot up the entire place."

    Cornelia stood up and looked at the two children, a brother and sister holding hands, looking at the two and then looking at the farm that was burning in the distance. "A-are you in danger?" The boy asked as he looked at the tired chocobos and Cornelia smiled nervously. "No, not anymore! It was just a fire that spread! Say, can you tell us where we can rest?" The boy looked at his sister that was hiding behind him shyly and then pointed towards the village. "There's an inn just next to that garden." Cornelia nodded at the boy and then looked at Lotin. "We should talk about this and rest, I know I've had a terrible day." She stated with a sigh and rubbed her right eye, looking back to what happened in Balfonheim and seeing her friend die.
     
  17. Golden Sun

    Golden Sun Well-Known Member Member

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    Lotin looked at Cornelia with a troubled expression as she spoke but didn’t say anything or otherwise interrupt her. Something strange was definitely going on, of that he remained sure. Just what it was he couldn’t quite tell. Somehow he figured he would find out soon enough whether he liked it or not. He nodded at Cornelia’s suggestion that they rest at the inn and sighed, “Well, I don’t have any better plans now, so we might as well.”
    There was that as well as the fact that he did want to continue talking to her. It seemed like the best way to find out more about what was going on or at least begin to piece together a more whole picture of what was occurring. Feeling rather helpless he remounted his chocobo after a few more moments of rest and they rode into the small village.
    This place was as unfamiliar as anything else. He couldn’t remember any such place existing anywhere in that particular area, or the area he imagined they should’ve been in. Something felt wrong about seeing an entirely inhabited village there. It was a strange and entirely alien sight that disturbed him to some degree. Still it was better than being left out in the wild without any clue what had happened, where to go or who to trust. At least here the people hadn’t proven hostile like the soldiers earlier.

    “Well, here’s the inn.” Lotin observed as they rode up in front of it. The place was larger than most of the rest of the buildings in the village and stood out from them. From inside a soft melody could be heard playing lightly and drifting outside gently. After everything that’d happened it seemed quite surprising to find such a peaceful place but Lotin curious as he usually was didn’t particularly feel like questioning their good fortune.
     
  18. Queen of Hell

    Queen of Hell GP's Vampire Queen Member

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    Cornelia rode up to the inn with a very confused expression, seeing how everything calm is here, not to mention the melody. It gave her more the eerie feeling, not peaceful. The melody gave her a picture in her head where a beautiful fields are in fire and people scream in the distance, while this calm melody goes on. Surely, this music isn't supposed to awake such pictures in one's mind, but that was all product of her stress. As they arrived inside the house, it looked very nicely decorated, plants were everywhere, lights weren't as bright, it gave a very calm feeling to it.

    A man at the reception deck was seemingly asleep, his face was buried into the desk, between many papers, while there was a cat lying above the fireplace, observing the entire situation. Cornelia stood with Lotin in front of the reception desk and looked at Lotin slightly in joking manner. "I envy this guy." She whispered as she slowly reached her hand to his shoulder and gave the man a few gentle nudges. "Um... Good morning?" The man jerked awake with a surprised face, looking at the two and nervously started fixing his hair. "Welcome to Brassgarden inn! How may I help you!" Cornelia grinned mischievously at how the receptionist pretended as if nothing happened.

    "Just a room with two separate beds, if they're far apart, that would be great." Cornelia had no problem in sharing rooms with men, especially since she grew up with two brothers and shared a cabin with Davenport when the storm hit. If anyone tried to do something, her paranoid nature would jerk her awake before anything would happen, especially since she has a dagger underneath her pillow at all times. "25 gil per person!" Man said happily as Cornelia dug out her 25 gil and looked at Lotin, waiting for him to pay his share before going to the room.
     
  19. Golden Sun

    Golden Sun Well-Known Member Member

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    Lotin had felt somewhat uneasy about entering the inn. Something about going from fleeing in terror, running for his life before several maddened and blood lusting soldiers to entering this peaceful, well composed place seemed odd. But at the least no one in the small town seemed to take much notice of them. People came and went in various forms of dress. Many looked like they’d hardly if ever left their small, quiet little town. Something told Lotin that impression was accurate. Whatever the case not one of them seemed too bothered to see two complete strangers coming into their town, fresh from the road and looking a bit worn. They didn’t ask questions either which he appreciated. He doubted he could have accurately answered most of the likely ones himself at that moment.
    Whatever his feelings were on the matter though he paid his dues and headed to the room he and his companion had just rented for themselves. It was on the second floor and was mildly spacious, moderately decorated and offered some time to catch their breaths. It was only then that Lotin realized it also offered some secrecy if that was necessary and given that he’d just been chased by men intent on spilling his blood he didn’t doubt it would have some benefit. So long as no one revealed their location they would be safe inside. He didn’t intend to hide away, of course, but it bought him time. Time to figure out what had just happened and figure out how to resolve the issue. He highly doubted men who were willing to lay waste to his entire life’s work and chase him from it were any less intent on killing him because of the passage of a few hours or days or however long it took for them to appear again; and he remained convinced that they would show up some time or another.
    “At least no one can bother us here,” He finally said as he stepped into the center of the simple room and spun around taking it all in only stopping as he came to face his companion, “So I guess we can finally get some rest.” He shrugged, “Though I don’t really feel in a restive mood after all that, whatever it was.” He still wasn’t entirely sure about that. But they’d made it out alive and no one in the town was actively trying to kill them. Their situation was still pretty bad off but it was a start.
     

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